Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Power Plant
|Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Power Plant|
|Commission date||Unit 1: December 31, 1975
Unit 2: September 5, 1979
|Construction cost||$994 million|
|Nuclear power station|
|Reactor type||boiling water reactor|
|Reactor supplier||General Electric|
|Units operational||2 x 924 MW|
|Nameplate capacity||1,848 MW|
The Edwin Irby Hatch Nuclear Power Plant is near Baxley, Georgia, in the southeastern United States, on a 2,244-acre (9 km²) site. It has two General Electric boiling water reactors with a total capacity of 1,759 megawatts. Previously, the reactors had a combined capacity listing of 1,848 MW. Unit 1 went online in 1974 and was followed by Unit 2 in 1978. The plant was named for Edwin I. Hatch, president of Georgia Power from 1963 to 1975, and chairman from 1975 to 1978.
In 2002, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) extended the operating licenses for both reactors for an additional twenty years.
- Georgia Power (50.1%) (also a Southern Company subsidiary)
- Oglethorpe Power Corporation (30%)
- Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia  (17.7%)
- Dalton Water & Light Sinking Fund Commission (2.2%)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission defines two emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants: a plume exposure pathway zone with a radius of 10 miles (16 km), concerned primarily with exposure to, and inhalation of, airborne radioactive contamination, and an ingestion pathway zone of about 50 miles (80 km), concerned primarily with ingestion of food and liquid contaminated by radioactivity.
The 2010 U.S. population within 10 miles (16 km) of Hatch was 11,061, an increase of 6.7 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data for msnbc.com. The 2010 U.S. population within 50 miles (80 km) was 424,741, an increase of 12.0 percent since 2000. Cities within 50 miles include Vidalia (19 miles to city center).
Onsite storage of spent nuclear fuel
Spent nuclear fuel is stored on-site in concrete casks. The Hatch Plant, a BWR, near Baxley GA is estimated by DOE, as of this year, to have generated 1,446 metric tons of spent fuel.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's estimate of the risk each year of an earthquake intense enough to cause core damage to the reactor at Hatch was 1 in 454,545, according to an NRC study published in August 2010.
- Bill Dedman, Nuclear neighbors: Population rises near US reactors, msnbc.com, April 14, 2011 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42555888/ns/us_news-life/ Accessed May 1, 2011.
- Bill Dedman, "What are the odds? US nuke plants ranked by quake risk," msnbc.com, March 17, 2011 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42103936/ Accessed April 19, 2011.
- "(Edwin I.) Hatch Nuclear Power Plant, Georgia". U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). August 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
- "Hatch 1". Operating Nuclear Power Reactors. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). February 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
- "Hatch 2". Operating Nuclear Power Reactors. NRC. February 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-15.